A landscape portrait begins as an idea in my minds eye

When I arrive at a location the first thing I do is walk around. As I look to the left and right I am looking over the scene, evaluating the direction and quality of light, checking out the topography to see which elements of composition I can use to create a portrait that evokes an…

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Develop your own style

In the world of photography what sets certain artists apart is style. Back when I shot weddings to earn money for camera housings and dive travel, I used a 16 mm fish eye lens and had a few signature shots. My style was different from that of others and many clients hired me for that…

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Teaching Underwater Photography

As a photo coach my goal is to help divers and snorkelers improve they’re underwater photography skills. Since everyone is different and has unique experience, the first thing I do is get an idea of their diving and photography experience. I want to know how many dives they have done, what kind of equipment they…

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Composition is the difference between a picture and a portrait.

When I arrive at a beach location before I grab my camera I walk around and get a feel for the place. I watch the water to get a sense of surge, waves, and motion of the ocean. I look at the clouds present and get an idea of how fast they are moving across…

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Close focus wide angle portrait

The viewer of this image sees the vibrant color of the fish and soft coral but also gets a sense of depth and dimension seeing the the slope reaching towards the surface. The reason is the photographer exposed for the background and used strobe to illuminate the foreground. Details. Sea and Sea Housing and D3…

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Sea and Sea MDX Nikon Z7II Housing

I have relied on Nexus Underwater Housings for nine different Nikon cameras. Recently, I upgraded from the D850, to the Mirrorless Z7II. As it happens Nexus is not making new camera housings and I needed to select a different brand. Change is not easy when it comes to underwater equipment as a housing is a…

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Pack Smart. Don’t forget important items and documents.

Can you imagine traveling to an exotic destination and upon arrival realize you left something important at home. I have been leading groups for a long time and can tell you that about 15 percent of people forget something. Maui, is a tropical paradise, but it does not have a sophisticated camera store, so if…

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Important camera setting for Nikon Z7II, underwater photography.

I am a long time Nikon user and create several different kind of photographs. Accordingly the settings I use for underwater wide angle reef scenics and macro images are different than those selected for portraits of people on the beach, or landscape portraits. When creating landscape portraits, using live view allows me to see the…

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Balance is an essential part of composition

There are many aspects of composition. The most popular include the rule of thirds, lines that repeat, geometric shapes, and s-curves. Each of these by design leads the viewers eye into the scene, to the subject, and then out of frame. The amount and use of negative space varies as to the subject and environment,…

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Macro or wide angle underwater photography. Which to learn first?

When divers think about starting underwater photography they have many questions. One of the most common is what to learn first – Macro or Wide Angle. As an experienced underwater photographer, I recommend learning Macro first. The reason for this is that it is easier to create good macro images while learning underwater photography. While…

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